Dozens of Allentown teachers being laid off
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - June 11, 2013 (WPVI) -- Dozens of teachers in the Allentown School District are being laid off.
Teacher's union President Deb Tretter says the 99 teachers received pink slips from their principals last Thursday and Friday. The district's proposed $242 million budget eliminates 132 teaching positions; 99 of those are coming through layoffs.
School board President Robert Smith Jr. says the cuts are very disappointing and that the district is losing a lot of good talent.
The district was facing a budget shortfall of as much as $22.4 million when officials began reviewing the plan in January. Smith says the current budget still has a $5 million deficit with the cuts and a tax increase; he says that will have to be made up from reserve funds unless the school gets more state aid.
allentown, teachers, pennsylvania, local/state
- This is now Philly's 2nd snowiest winter
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Sign up for Facebook Flash!
- Photos: LATEST MAPS: 6+" in parts of NJ
- Co-pilot spoke missing plane's last words
- Obama announces sanctions against Russians 38 min ago
- Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles 15 min ago
- Police: Driver, who hit pedestrian, hit by car
- Photos: Suspects wanted by Philadelphia Police 38 min ago
- Photos: Suspects in Pa. 'street-level' drug sweep
- Video: Swan attacks elderly woman in Berks Co.
- NJ salon customer allegedly attacks employees
- Photos: Pictures from Phila. St. Patrick's Parade 52 min ago